Whether you’re going to Glastonbury, Coachella or any of the other major concert festivals. Our Outdoor Camping Direct Team have created the ultimate festival packing list to make your trip more comfortable!

Camping Gear

  • Tent
  • Suncream
  • Flag
  • Cooler
  • Water and ice
  • Flashlight or headlamp
  • Portable Charger
  • Sleeping bag
  • Sleeping Mat
  • Chairs 

Tips and Advice

  • Take all your essentials with you so you can avoid paying extra at the festival site for items such as medicine, food or camping gear.
  • Stock up on food that won’t perish so you can fire up a BBQ when you arrive 
  • Make sure you have a charged mobile phone and make sure you carry a spare battery or a wind up charger in case it runs out of juice
  • Swap numbers with all of your friends and new friends-of friends before you arrive at the festival, or write them down. make sure you get the driver's number!
  • Get loose change ready before you arrive, as queues for cash machines are exceedingly long at festivals. You may need change for parking. 
  • If you take a digital camera, take a photo of your mobile number and name, so if it gets lost, it may just get back to you. 
  • Duct tape should be in your bag. Hundreds of uses await it, from securing up tent poles, healing rips and taping various items up, it's a cheap festival essential. 
  • Check out the festival site rules before you arrive so you don’t have any banned items on you, such as glass or bottles. 
  • Read up on transport and/or car parking before you get there so you know what entrance to park at, and print out directions so you aren't reliant on a GPS directing you to a sleepy town miles away from your festival site.
  • Get a festival programme when you arrive and plan your time so you don’t miss out on your favourite bands.
  • Arrange a meeting point with your friends in case you lose them during the day- something tall is always good as a ferris wheel is unlikely to move during the day
  • Nothing ruins your festival more than feeling cold and soggy if the rain comes down. If you’re attending a UK based festival, you may need to prepare for rain. Umbrellas get in the way, so concentrate on using the most appropriate clothing to keep you warm and dry. On the same note, the sun may well shine, so you should also pack for heat as well.
  • Tke sunscream and aftersun. If you suffer from coldsores consider a lip specific sunscreen too. Many clothing items also feature inbuilt sun protection which can save you time reapplying. 
  • Use a hand sanitizer before eating and after using the toilets.
  • Take a  refillable water bottle and drinking throughout the day. Taps are located around the site, and this also cuts down on costs from expensive bottled water.
  • Wear thick socks and comfy shoes you don’t mind walking miles in. Comfortable walking boots can repel water and mud, and are padded and lined for comfort and sweat resistance. 
  • Pack plenty of quick to eat food and snacks that can be eaten on the go so you don't need to head back to your tent. A daypack can store all your essentials. 
  • Take some earplugs with you so you can get some sleep


If you have any questions don't hesitate to contact our helpful customer service support team on 0203 7500 650 from Monday to Friday 9:00am - 5:00pm.